Mr. Hay to Mr. Loomis.

No. 271.]

Sir: Referring to your No. 285, of the 1st instant, I have to say that our ambassador at London has been instructed to express to the foreign office this Government’s appreciation of the courtesies shown to Rear-Admiral Sampson and the officers of his fleet by the British minister at Caracas.

I am, etc.,

John Hay.